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New Plymouth 4310

06 7573006

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The Cancer Society has been operating in Taranaki for the past 80 years and experienced many positive changes over the decades.

Our modern, eco-friendly centre in New Plymouth is nestled not too far from Mount Taranaki. We strive to be community-focused and offer a multi-functional space where anyone is welcome.

We provide free services for Taranaki families and whanau affected by ANY type of cancer.

Kia ora, My name is Jane Burgess.

I have worked with the Cancer Society for 10 years with a long progression through different roles. Starting as a volunteer at the age of 23 I was offered a paid role as the receptionist for the Whanganui Centre. Not long after that I moved into the Health Promotion role which turned into a dual role including Coordinating Volunteers. In 2016 I became the manager of the Whanganui Centre and fast forward to 2019 I am now the Area Manager for the Taranaki and Whanganui branches of the Cancer Society. I am very passionate about the work the Cancer Society does and the amazing services that we provide.

I am a mother of a beautiful toddler and recently married to my teen sweetheart of 16 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, spending weekends away exploring different parts of NZ, water sports and shopping and dining out with my girlfriends.  

I am contactable at:

Whanganui Office Tuesdays & Fridays on 06 3487402 ext 701

Taranaki Office Wednesdays & Thursday on 06 7573006 ext 771


Role: Supportive Care Coordinator, Support Services

Kia ora Koutou katoa,

Ko Taranaki te Maunga

Ko Taranaki Tuturu me Ngaruahine me Te Atiawa me Ngati Maru nga iwi

Ko Ngati Haupoto me Ngati Tu nga hapu

Ko Janine Luke-Taamaru ahau


Hi, I am Janine. I am the Supportive Care coordinator for the Taranaki centre.  My background is in Social work, my role is to work and support patients and their families/whanau that have been diagnosed with cancer in Taranaki. I am based in New Plymouth and have an office space one day a week in Hawera. I am available to offer support, information, a listening ear and a safe space to talk.

 Outside of work, my whanau fills my days.  I enjoy watching sport, especially basketball, listening to music and catching up with whanau and friends.


If you or a whanau/family member would like support, please do not hesitate to contact me,

Taranaki Cancer Society centre:  06 757 3006 ext: 774 or 0273997858

Cassie Rowe

Role: Fundraising and Events Coordinator


Kia ora,

I'm Cassie, and I hail from the small town of Dannevirke, New Zealand. 

I have worked in fundraising and event coordination for almost 10 years, and love to create memorable experiences for people of all ages.

After a 13 year stint in Palmerston North I moved to Taranaki in 2018 to be closer to my partner, the breath taking Mount Taranaki and the sea. Together, we have a beautiful home in Strandon along with a long haired mini dachshund called Harrison, and a cat called Husky who run the house more than we do. 

I enjoy music, theatre, dance and a good laugh.

I'd love to chat with you about your fundraising and event ideas - together we can do incredible things for the people of Taranaki impacted by cancer. 


Phone: 06 757 3006 x773

Valda McBeth

Role: Administration

I’m passionate about supporting our community, and through our shared family experiences am very aware of the need for all to be able to easily access health and support services.


I’m an outdoor girl, who has lived under the shadow of Mt Taranaki for a large part of my life. I feel that I’m home when I can see the our Maunga. I cycle for pleasure and exercise (fortunately the motor on my E-bike assists me up the hills). One of the many items on my bucketlist is to complete all of New Zealand’s Cycle trails.

Lisa Grigg

Role : Volunteers Co-ordinator

I am a wife (married 18 years) and a mum of two teenage girls.

I have volunteered for the Taranaki Cancer Society for 7 years and are excited to now be a paid member of the staff.

In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, walking, listening to music, getting my family from A-B (taxi driver) and spending time with family and friends.

Jill Burge

Role: Health Promoter

Kia Ora.  I am delighted to be starting in this job as Health Promoter Toitū Te Whenua for Taranaki Cancer Society.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my teaching career, and have finished on a real high teaching Year 9 Te Reo Maori at New Plymouth Girl’s High School.  I am passionate about my volunteer involvement with the Trade Aid social entitiy.  I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity to work for The Cancer Society and to combine my education experience with my love of working in the ‘not for profit’ sector.  I am excited to have the chance to help to improve community health and well-being, to teach people about cancer prevention and risk reduction and to work with other sectors to achieve these goals.

I am married to my childhood sweetheart, with two amazing adult daughters and two spoilt cats.  My husband is a cancer survivor, but my mother was not so lucky, so I have a personal aroha for this organisation.  I am now the age that my mother was when she lost her battle to cancer, which is a solemn reminder of why I want to contribute to fighting this disease.

When I am not at work, I am still Education Officer for the Trade Aid Shop.  My husband and I are both still on the waka of learning at Te Wananga O Aotearoa, and our Tikanga course gives us plenty of interesting mahi to keep working on.

I unwind by going to the gym, cooking, and spending too much time playing with my cats.  I have a good life, I am pretty fortunate!

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